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  • Inexperienced Player Mistakes

    The World Youth Championship that took place in Greece last month was a great showcase of the best young chess players from all around the world. It also demonstrated the typical mistakes many young players make. While today we are going to... | Read More

  • The Art Of Beating Yourself

    In chess, ego is king. Thus one often hears a player who just lost saying, “I beat myself!” The old “I beat myself!” is often a way to convince yourself that you could have beaten your opponent if it wasn’t for this... | Read More

  • The Biggest Secret Of The Soviet Chess School

    The famed Soviet school of chess has produced hundreds of grandmasters and dozens of world champions. Thousands of chess coaches teach their students using "the Soviet training method." But who can really describe what exactly was/is the So... | Read More

  • Using The Chess Saw

    "We have to play by the !@#$ rules!" -- Amanda Young, Saw II. In last week's article, we discussed a dangerous strategic concept, the saw. So, what should you do if your opponent turns it against you? Well, as Amanda put it, you should ... | Read More

  • Pandolfini's Mailbag: Lost In Losing

    Topic for next month: Speed Chess (Please start submitting questions concerning the above topic for the next column. Questions different from the above theme should be submitted to other departments.)   Question 1: (Submitted by War... | Read More

    • Chess Wisdom and Aphorisms. #14.

      Chess Wisdom and Aphorisms.  #14.  The ultimate goal of chess! ‘To beat the medium computer on!’  Hello chess friends.  Yes! After careful examination of all reasons to play chess I can reveal THE GOAL of chess.   Namely, ... | Read More

    • A Place For Everything

      I have always been better than my rating. That is why I have trouble finding instructive losses. Not more than four months ago, at a rating of 1150, my games were divided into two types: those in which I crushed my opponent, and those in which I... | Read More

    • My Games #17: Invulnerable King in the Middle and Lots of Pins

      Tactically terriflying game. I'm really surprised why my king is so safe in the middle. Center game is always full of trickiness. Also this game shows one of bishops strenght over knights: Bishops can pin.  Conclusion: No need to castle anymore... | Read More

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    • SF Open

      Back in September, I played in a big open tournament. I really enjoyed the tournament. The whole tournament had a very professional setup. Usually, you have to bring your own boards to set up, but this tournament they already had boards setup ... | Read More

    • evaluating my games season 1 episode 1

      so I decide to write a blog about my own games.Here is one of my games where i could win with some decent tactics.   | Read More

  • Chess games

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    I know this won't help you learn more but it might be nice to look at game. I made these games all up okay? And I am not perfect so feel free to point out a mistake   That was pretty exiting?!? Just don't move your Queen to early. Read More »

  • Scandinavian Defense

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    The Scandinavian Defense (also known as the Center Counter) is the chess opening characterized by the first moves 1.e4 d5. Although played by quite a few grandmasters over the years, the Scandinavian is rarely played at the highest levels of ... Read More »

  • Dake, Arthur

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    Arthur W. Dake (1910-2000) became a bridge toll collector, then a highway auto controller, and finally an automobile inspector for the state of Oregon after serving in the merchant marines when he was 16.  He learned how to play chess at age 17 ... Read More »

  • Acers, Jude Frazer

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    Jude Acers was born in Long Beach on April 6, 1944.  He is a U.S. senior chess master living in New Orleans who has set several world record simultaneous exhibition records.  He learned to play chess at age 7 and was a master at age 17.  In 1... Read More »

  • Najdorf, Miguel

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    Miguel Najdorf (1910-1997) was a Polish-born player who stayed in Argentina after the outbreak of World War II and became a naturalized citizen of Argentina five years later.  Najdorf escaped the Holocaust, but he lost his wife, child, parents an... Read More »